Over a dozen Palestinians detained in West Bank raids

Published January 6th, 2016 - 01:33 GMT
Israeli soldiers walk in the West Bank city of Hebron, where children as young as 13 were detained this morning. (AFP/File)
Israeli soldiers walk in the West Bank city of Hebron, where children as young as 13 were detained this morning. (AFP/File)

Israeli forces detained at least 15 Palestinians, including six children, in multiple predawn detention raids across the occupied West Bank Wednesday, Palestinian and Israeli sources said.

The Palestinian Prisoner's Society said in a statement that Palestinians were detained from Hebron, Jenin, Tulkarem, Qalqiliya, Bethlehem, Nablus, and Tubas.

In Hebron district, the society said that Israeli forces detained Basil Azmi al-Baba, 19, Muath Abd al-Aziz Harahsha, 16, Ibrahim Atiyeh Harahsha, 16, Khalil Riyad Namoura, 21, Ubada Iyad Muzayyin, 13, and Omar Khalid Sabteen, 13.

In Bethlehem district, Israeli forces detain 17-year-old Ahmad Salti Thawabta., while further north, in Nablus district, Israeli forces detained Rami Khweiraand Ahmad Abed Rabbo, 20.

The society said that Israeli forces detained 17-year-old Ibrahim Safi Sawfta from Tubas district, and three men in Jenin identified as Ishaq Abd al-Rahman Jarbou, 22, Nuriddin Muhammad al-Sadi, 20, and Mahmoud Muhammad Awartani, 33.

Israeli forces also detained Ihasan Ghazi Hattab, 26, from Tulkarem district, and Bassam Nabil Umran, 19, and Bilal Salim Radwan, 23, from Qalqiliya district, the prisoner's society said.

An Israeli army spokesperson confirmed 15 arrests overnight Wednesday, saying the Palestinians were detained for "suspected illegal activities."

Israeli forces have detained hundreds of Palestinians since a wave of unrest swept the occupied Palestinian territory at the beginning of October.

Palestinian prisoners' rights group Addameer estimated in December that Israel was holding 6,800 political prisoners, including 470 child prisoners.


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